In an unlikely partnership, Happy Valley-area marijuana dispensary Stumptown Cannabis has found common ground with the Vibrant Future Coalition, which works to reduce substance abuse among youth in the North Clackamas area.
The federally funded coalition is backed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, under the drug-free community-grant program.
Stumptown Cannabis co-owner Dena Alvernaz said: "Sure, we sell marijuana, but we do it responsibly. And we care a lot about the community, so partnering with a local prevention group to keep marijuana away from kids just makes sense."
VFC recently reached out to Stumptown as an attempt to get creative and connect with the emerging industry. Met with a warm welcome, owners Dena and Justin Alvernaz jumped on the idea to do some good.
"Clearly some marijuana dispensaries care," said Harry Apelbaum, VFC coordinator, "and the truth is we have the common goal of ensuring youth are not using illegal drugs, including marijuana. Why not bridge the gap and come together for the good of others?"
The two partners are working together to implement a safety table in the dispensary's lobby. This will include lock boxes for purchase, and information for parents and adults on how to protect kids.